PA Educational Campaign to Detach Jews from Jerusalem

Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) reports on a PA campaign to teach its youngsters that Jews have no historical connection to Jerusalem or the Holy Land.

Hillel Fendel, | updated: 14:07

PMW, which carefully monitors the Palestinian Authority media for its messages of hatred and incitement against Jews and Israel, reports that the religious themes prevalent in the media during the holy Moslem month of Ramadan also include messages of anti-Israel violence.

[photo courtesy of PMW]

"One significant message that has been strongly emphasized by repeated broadcasting of the same programs," write PMW's Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook, "is the denial of Israel’s right to exist. One program, which recently appeared on PA TV three times in the course of a single week, features Dr. Hassan Khader, founder of the Al Quds Encyclopedia, who argues that the Jews have no ancient historical connection to the Western Wall of the Temple."

Dr. Khader's lesson states: "The first connection of the Jews to this site began in the 16th Century... The Jewish connection to this site is a recent connection - not ancient… like the roots of the Islamic connection… Who would have believed that the Israelis would arrive 1400 years [after the beginning of Islam], conquer Jerusalem and make [the Western Wall] into their special place of worship, where they worship and pray?”

The PA scholar emphasizes that the real name of the Holy Jewish Temple's Western Wall is Al Buraq, after Muhammad’s horse which was tied to the wall. Khader teaches that the name was given by Allah and the Prophet Muhammed.

Most significant, PMW reports, is that Khader has only praise for the "violence and death the Palestinians have initiated to prevent Jews’ access to the Western Wall and Temple Mount, from the beginning of the 20th century until now." Similarly, Khader "indicates that [the violence] will continue if Jews insist on their right to the Western Wall."

Marcus and Crook note that the Al-Aqsa mosque mentioned in the Koran was initially understood to mean heaven; it only took up its Jerusalem connotation after the Islamic conquest of Jerusalem. Sheikh Prof. Abdul Hadi Palazzi has written that the Koran "recognizes Jerusalem as the Jewish direction of prayer."

Despite this, TV viewers in the PA were taught this month that the Western Wall "is the single wall from among the Al-Aqsa walls for which [a Moslem] revolution took place in the past century. Everyone knows the Al-Buraq revolution that took place on August 23, 1929 [in which Arabs rioted around the country, murdering 133 Jews]... 'The Al-Buraq Wall is simply a small wall, a few meters long, a number of bricks, what is it worth? What we are interested in is the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and we can give it [the Wall] to the Jews, they have no [other] religious sites.' This is a highly significant matter! This site currently represents the heart of the Arab-Israeli conflict. This is the most essential point in the Arab-Israeli conflict. No one can ignore it anymore. As we said, revolutions took place for the sake of [the Wall], and for its sake revolutions are still taking place today. The first revolution in the past century was named after Al-Buraq and Al-Aqsa, and the last revolution, the last Intifada, the Al-Aqsa Intifada, we are still living it until today.” [PA TV, October 13, 2006]